Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) highly rumored iPhone 6 launch isn’t expected for a few months. But that hasn’t stopped a flood of part leaks over the past few weeks, including newly published images of purported iPhone 6 glass covers with curved screen edges.
The latest rumored iPhone 6 part images come from 9to5Mac, which received the Apple part snapshots from Australian Apple blogger Sonny Dickson, who's responsible for leaking some of the earliest images of the iPhone 5C’s housing before its 2013 release.
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The images published by the 9to5Mac show purported white and black variations of display glass covers for the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6. While Apple is reportedly also working on a 5.5-inch version iPhone model, those screen cover parts haven't been leaked.
Unlike the numerous conceptual iPhone 6 fan renderings, which often pictured the iPhone 6 with dramatically curved screens, these parts leaks suggest a more conservative approach in introducing curves to the iPhone 6 screen. In place of a fully curved screen, the glass curves have been relegated to the edges of the purported iPhone 6 glass screen cover.
The leaked part images also show a hole to the left of the phone's speaker. But it isn’t clear if that’s appropriated for the proximity sensor found in previous iPhone models or a relocated FaceTime camera.
Several parts have leaked in recent weeks, including purported iPhone 6 cases. Many of those have been dismissed merely as working models that are missing key details or as outright fakes. The use of sapphire in iPhone 6 screens has also been highly rumored partly because the Cupertino, California, company continues to expand its sapphire manufacturing partnership with Merrimack, New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:GTAT).
In addition to the redesigned larger screen, the iPhone 6 is expected to sport Apple’s next-generation 2.8GHz A8 processor along with 2GB of RAM. The iPhone 6 is also expected to run Apple's iOS 8, which is still in the beta testing phase.
Several analysts including KGI Securities’ Ming Chi-Kuo expect the iPhone 6 will be available in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions sometime in September.